After securing a summer placement in litigation at Brodies following several months of preparation, my feelings could be described as a mixture of excitement and nerves. I couldn’t wait to get started. From the application process to the interview stage, everything had led up to this and I was determined not to waste my experience.

From the off we were given a warm welcome and induction to the firm. The rest of the day was filled with IT training – a lot to learn but fortunately there were no expectations about me being a computer whizz! The training was a great way to settle in and collaborate with the other summer students. After Monday it was safe to say all my pre-placement nerves had washed away and were instead replaced with an eagerness for the next day to arrive.

Tuesday came and I was introduced for the first time to my mentor, a second year trainee in litigation. Mentors allocate research tasks and live work but are so much more than that. Offering both support and guidance, by the end of the week my mentor was an invaluable go-to for insights and advice.

I was also allocated a buddy to provide additional support, be a friendly face, and most importantly to answer any questions. The support provided by both my mentor and buddy was indicative of Brodies' approach to newbies. I was regularly offered a helping hand, and it was clear to see that collaboration and teamwork are integral to the way the firm operates.

In terms of workload, I was pleasantly surprised at just how much responsibility I was given. Conducting real legal research for real clients was a fantastic opportunity to really put my university learning into practice and gain first-hand legal experience, strengthening both my commercial awareness and confirming that a legal career was suited to me.

My week was filled with learning breakfasts, where each session covered a different practice area, carefully structured to give us a true insight and exposure to the work not just going on in our team, but across the whole of the firm. It was fascinating to hear directly from the lawyers about the variety of work they’re involved in, and what Brodies can offer to its clients.

The week came to an end with an opportunity to enjoy some downtime with fellow placement students in a virtual music quiz, hosted by one of the litigation partners.

My time at Brodies has been a fantastic experience and has undoubtedly prepared me for my future career. The firm, my mentor, my buddy and all other colleagues across the firm were very generous with their time, care and support. I was made to feel right at home and this opportunity is one that I am truly grateful to have had.


Nathan Rodgers

Summer placement student